Purple Basil (Ocimum basilicum 'Purple Petra') in the Basils Database

General Plant Information (Edit)
Water Preferences: Mesic
Pollinators: Bees

Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jun 20, 2018 8:41 PM

This is my 1st time growing this variety. I got seeds in a seed swap here in Nov. 2017. I grow purple varieties mostly for colorful basil flavor in salads. It has smooth leaves, unlike the Purple Ruffles I'm also growing this year. I also like the look of growing them next to green varieties in pots and the garden. It's mid June and the plants are 7" tall x 3" across. I'll be nipping a few sprigs soon for a salad and to taste its flavor.

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Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Sep 15, 2018 11:20 AM

It's mid Sept. and my plants are about 2 ft. tall and a nice bush. They are starting to make seed heads. I will grow it again next spring since it not only tastes great, but also has an unusual blended purple and green color that is ornamental.

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